Unemployment compensation (UC), is money paid to workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Any unemployed person may file a claim for UC benefits. To file a claim online click on this link to the PA Labor & Industry website.
Specifically, Unemployment Compensation is available to any Pittsburgh employee who is or becomes unemployed, and:
1. Was paid recorded wages (not under the table) for employment/work in Pennsylvania
2. Is actively looking for new work. An "active search" must include: a. Registration with Pennsylvania CareerLink system or its successor agency within thirty (30) days after initial application for benefits. You can register with CareerLink here; b. Posting a resume with CareerLin; and c. Applying for positions that offer employment and wages similar to those of your previous job that are within a forty-five (45) minute commuting distance.
3. Is able to work and available for suitable work.
4. Has been unemployed for a waiting period of one week.
If you have lost your job through no fault of your own and are being denied unemployment compensation benefits, contact a lawyer immediately to learn about your legal rights. I have helped numerous Pittsburgh workers get their UC benefits reinstated following improper denials. If you have any questions, please call, email or post a response on my blog.
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